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Map network drives in OS X

Follow these directions to map network drives using an OS X computer.

Before you begin

When you connect to a shared folder on the MSU Denver network, it is known as mapping a drive or mounting a volume. Before attempting this, make sure:

  1. You know the full network path of the folder you want to connect to.
  2. You have the necessary permissions to connect to it.

Mapping Network Drives

To map network drives in OS X, do the following:

  1. On the finder menu bar, click GO > Connect To Server

    Connect To Server

  2. Enter a network path in the Server Address: box.
    • Example: smb://servername/sharedname

    Note: If you are connecting through VPN, you will need to specify the server's complete address by appending "" to the server name.

    Note: Clicking the '+' button next to the Server Address field will add the server name there to your Favorite Servers list. This will save you from writing the full path next time you want to connect to that drive.

  3. Click Connect
    Entering the name of the server to connect to

  4. If prompted for your name and password, select 'Registered User'.
  5. In the 'Name' field, enter "winad\" followed by your MSU Denver NetID. In the 'Password' field, enter your password.
  6. Click 'Connect'.

    Entering your username and password to connect to the network drive

  7. Once you click Connect, another window will appear with a list of folders to select from. You should already know what folder to connect to, but if not, you will need to speak with your department.

    Selecting a folder to connect to on the network

  8. Select the folder you like to connect to and click OK.  Once connected, the folder will open, and an icon with that folder's name will appear on your desktop.

Icon of the network drive on the desktop

Congratulations! You are now connected to your network drive and folder.

The System Information window will show the specs of your Mac

  • Click on the Apple icon in the menu bar at the upper left hand corner. 
  • Click on About This Mac

If you are an MSU Denver Mac user, you may have noticed that, after changing your NetID password, you have begun receiving prompts from applications on your computer that want to use the "login" keychain, like the one below. You may have also noticed that these prompts don't accept your new password, and that they just keep coming up—sometimes constantly.

Program wants to use the

Keychain is a password management system built into every version of the Mac OS since OS 9. It is designed to safely keep confidential information organized, such as saved passwords, security certificates, private notes, and much more. However, as Macs have always been designed with a consumer focus (to be used by individual users in their own homes), the Mac OS can be difficult to integrate into a large, networked environment like the one we have at MSU Denver; prompts like the one above are an example of this difficulty.

The "login" keychain is a default entry created by the Keychain system, and it is normally unlocked when you log in to the computer. However, when you change your password through the Password Reset Program, the Mac OS has no way to know the new password, so it cannot unlock the keychain when you log in and you may find yourself inundated with prompts to manually unlock it while you work. Fortunately, there are ways to resolve the issue, and they are all fairly easy.

The first time you log in to your computer with your new password, the Mac OS will detect that your login and keychain passwords no longer match and will present you with the following error message asking you to update your keychain password:

Mac OS asking the user to update the Keychain password

‌If you remember your old password, you should select Update Keychain Password. This will bring you to a screen that asks you for a current and new password—which is slightly confusing. The "current" password should be your old password—the one that Keychain remembers—and the "new" password should be your current NetID password—the one you want Keychain to remember now.

If you do not remember your old password, you should select Create New Keychain. This will unfortunately remove any saved passwords you had previously (for Outlook, websites, etc.) but it will stop the repeated login prompts from coming up.

‌Selecting Continue Log In will create the problem with login prompts described above, so we do not recommend you click this; however, many users end up selecting this option, as they do not understand the information being given. If you have selected Continue Log In, and since the above window only appears the first time you sign in with your new password, you will need to take different steps to resolve the issue:



Launch the Keychain Access application from the \Applications\Utilities folder.

Open the Applications folder, go to Utilities, and select Keychain AccessThe next steps depend on if you remember your old password or not.


If you remember your old password:

1. Ensure the "login" Keychain is selected in the upper-left corner of the window, then open the Edit menu and select Change Password for Keychain "login"...

NOTE: Do NOT select the "Change Settings" option.

Selecting the 2. The fields on the next window can be slightly misleading. The "current" password should be your old password, and the "new" password should be your current NetID password. Once entered, click OK.

Changing the

3. Your Keychain password is now updated!


If you do not remember your old password:

1. Select Preferences from the Keychain Access menu, then select Reset My Default Keychain.

Resetting the default Keychain

2. Enter your current password in the next window, then click OK.

Setting a new keychain password

3. Your Keychain password is now updated!

Further Assistance


If you have additional questions, concerns, or need immediate assistance - Please contact the MSU Denver Help Desk.

Revised: April 2017

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